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  1. pabo's Avatar
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    ...if this is in the wrong forum, please move.

    I got an email from ebay (I thought). It was from a member asking if I was still selling an item. Being a capitalist and having sold a bunch of stuff (casually) on ebay, I clicked the item number link, got my ebay login screen and typed my user name and password (the cookies are forced to expire on my company laptop, so nothing new).

    When I hit the "sign-in" button, a new login screen popped-up with an odd string in the user-id box.

    It was like when you push the car door closed and realize the keys are inside - that millisecond when you realize it, but it's too late.....

    Easy fix, though. I immediately logged on to ebay.com and changed my password. Also forwarded the email to spoof at ebay dot com.

    I thought I was pretty savvy, but this one got past me. A word to the wise....

    on edit - added screenshots. I should have read the url....
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    Last edited by pabo; 07/10/2006 at 06:32 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pabo
    ...if this is in the wrong forum, please move.
    Done, next time when you suspect it is in the wrong forum, spend 2 more seconds and think which forum it would go in best.. we are not your mother after all

    This topic is about ebay and not Treo related hence Off topic is the only appropriate forum

    Anyway back on topic:
    This spoof emails can get very sneaky indeed, I've seen them too.
    Best way is never to click on those links but go straight to Ebay and see if that message is in your ebay inbox.. if not it is a spoof report it to ebay (just forward it to spoof@ebay.com) and delete it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    Done, next time when you suspect it is in the wrong forum, spend 2 more seconds and think which forum it would go in best.. we are not your mother after all
    thanks for the criticism - but I already hava a mom and do not need another

    I did think about it and disagree completely with the move to the Off Topic forum - but I guess this is your call.

    There are far more folks who come to the Treo General chat threads (probably everyone) for advice on buying or selling on ebay (Treos specifically), and few, including myself, would think to look in off-topic threads.

    Should I rename the thread as "I buy and sell Treos on ebay - so watch out for this scam ?"

    on edit - I typed "ebay scam" in the search box and of the 80 threads returned, 4 (including mine) were in off-topic. Ones of those was someone trying to scam folks here. So 2 of 80, previous to this, were in off-topic, none of those moved there.

    Back on topic - thanks for the great advice
    Last edited by pabo; 07/10/2006 at 06:26 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pabo
    I did think about it and disagree completely with the move to the Off Topic forum - but I guess this is your call.

    There are far more folks who come to the Treo General chat threads (probably everyone) for advice on buying or selling on ebay (Treos specifically), and few, including myself, would think to look in off-topic threads.
    The amount of traffic a subforum gets is no guideline to where a thread should go. Only the content of the thread is..

    Quote Originally Posted by pabo
    Should I rename the thread as "I buy and sell Treos on ebay - so watch out for this scam ?"
    No, it would still be about ebay spoof emails, not about the treo.
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    Yeah, I got one of those slick spoofs too. Note that even though it says at the top your registered name is included to prove it's from ebay (like all real ebay msgs do)... they never did put your registered name in it. That's what tipped me off to the scam.

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